March To Macon – Round One Tuesday Results Sees Nine Teams Advance To Sweet 16
A number of teams got underway on Tuesday in the GHSA State Playoffs. Of our 20 local teams that advanced to the tournament, 13 played on Tuesday. 9 teams punched tickets to the Sweet 16! Here are the results.
Banks County 69, Temple 40 (Boys)
The Leopards (19-8) hosted Temple and cruised to a 69-40 win. It was 44-16 going into the break, and Banks County secured the win from there, leading 64-31 going into the final quarter. Banks County advances to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the past 7 years.
Banks County 42, Heard County 49 (Girls)
The Lady Leopards (16-12) fell to Heard County on the road, 49-42. Kamryn Grier scored 16, while Jenna Reeves had 14. This ends Banks County’s season.
Commerce 48, Taylor County 46 (Girls)
The Lady Tigers (17-10) stayed hot with a thrilling win at home over Taylor County, winning 48-46. The win gets Commerce past the first round for the first time since the 2014-15 season, in which the Lady Tigers made the Elite 8. Bryanna Sanders led the way with 19 points.
Dawson County 56, North Murray 35 (Boys)
The Tigers (21-7) earned a 56-35 win over North Murray at home in the first round, getting back into the second round or deeper for the. Max Tierney scored a game-high 19 points and hauled in 14 boards along with 3 blocks. Jake Craft added 14 and Jaden Gibson 11.
Habersham Central 52, Douglas County 45 (Girls)
The Lady Raiders (19-5) secured a Sweet 16 appearance with a tight 52-45 home win over Douglas County. This marks the first Sweet 16 or deeper run since 2011-12 for Habersham Central.
Jefferson 53, McDonough 54 (Boys)
The Dragons (19-6) lost on a heart-breaker, a buzzer-beater tip-in in double overtime. Romaine Harriot led with 15 points, while Dalen Gales added 12 for Jefferson. This ends Jefferson’s season.
Jefferson 82, North Clayton 20 (Girls)
The Lady Dragons (22-4) absolutely obliterated North Clayton, 82-20. Deshona Gaither had 23 points, Allianne Clark had 13, Ellie Kinlaw had 11, and Livi Blackstock finished with 10 for Jefferson, who gets into the second round yet again. The past two seasons saw the girls get to the Elite 8, so this group is hungry for more.
Lumpkin County 58, Rockmart 49 (Girls)
The Lady Indians (23-4) survived an upset bid by Rockmart. Isabel Davenport had 18 points, Makenzie Caldwell and Averie Jones had 13 apiece, while Mary Mullinax finished with 9. Lumpkin advances to its first Sweet 16 in at least 15 years (as far back as we can tell).
Rabun County 71, Haralson County 38 (Girls)
The Lady Cats (19-6) secured another Sweet 16 appearance with a 71-38 win over Haralson County. That makes 10 times in the past 14 seasons going at least that far. Carley Haban had 18 points and 3 steals, Lucy Hood had 15 points and 2 steals, while Sophie Woodard had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Gracie Deetz added 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals, and Ellie Southards had 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Stephens County 67, Redan 49 (Girls)
The Lady Indians (18-6) defeated Redan at home, 67-49 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Tallulah Falls 42, Wesleyan 63 (Girls)
The Lady Indians (16-8) fell to Wesleyan 63-42 at home. Wesleyan outscored TFS in every quarter. Denika Lightbourne led the way for Tallulah Falls with 16 points. This ends the Lady Indians season, which ended in a third straight playoff appearance.
Towns County 45, Central-Talbotton 37 (Girls)
The Lady Indians (12-12) slid past Central-Talbotton on the road, as Towns led nearly the whole game and held off a late comeback attempt. The Lady Indians advance to the Sweet 16 for the second time in 3 years.
White County 60, Coahulla Creek 64 (Girls)
The Lady Warriors (11-10) fell 64-60 on the road at Coahulla Creek. The girls fought hard, as it was tied at 43 going into the final quarter of play. This brings to a close White County’s season.